Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Queensland, Australia
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Police officers dragged by cars
TWO police officers have been hit by vehicles and dragged for several metres in separate incidents in Queensland, Australia.
In one incident, a motorcycle officer was deliberately driven into after he began following a stolen car in Southport, on the Gold Coast, about 8.45pm (AEST) yesterday.
Police said the car went into a driveway, and then, with its lights off, accelerated, reversed, and swung into the front of the motorcycle.
The officer was knocked down and dragged for a short distance, a spokesman said. He was taken to hospital with bruising. The car was later found burned out in nearby Labrador.
Police said another officer in Townsville was taken to hospital after an incident earlier.
The officer was patrolling the Willows Shopping Centre car park when he allegedly saw a vehicle doing a burnout about 7.10pm (AEST). A police spokesman said the officer approached the car, which drove off with the officer's hand inside.
"The officer was dragged several metres and the vehicle hit his left," the spokesman said.
He was treated at Townsville Hospital for a leg injury. The car was later found burned out, police said.
A 19-year-old Townsville man has been charged with serious assault and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. He will appear in court on April 22.
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